A Beijing-based company spokesman told The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) Toyota had been gearing up to launch the GX460 in the next few weeks but the plan was off for now after the company decided to temporarily halt the sale of the vehicle in the US.
“We have no idea when we might be able to launch the car” in China, Toyota spokesman Hitoshi Yokoyama said.
The company, he told the WSJ, is now trying to reconfirm the “quality” of the vehicle and is expected to make “appropriate responses” to those safety concerns depending on the outcome of the study to be conducted in Japan and the US.
Yokoyama added the uncertain future of the Lexus SUV in China was not likely to cause huge financial pain for Toyota . That’s in part because the company is expected to sell only a few thousand GX460s a year at most, he said.
In the US, Toyota sold about 4,800 of the GX460, priced from US$52,000, in the first quarter. It is also sold in Canada, the Middle East and Russia.